Health
4:43 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Pro-Pot Backers Seek Public Vote On Medicinal Use In Oklahoma

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An initiative petition that would permit the sale and cultivation of medical marijuana has been filed with the Oklahoma secretary of state's office.

A Tulsa-based group known as Oklahomans for Health filed the petition Friday for a statewide vote. Supporters will have 90 days from the petition's filing or after the petition is deemed sufficient by the state Supreme Court, whichever is later, to collect 155,216 voter signatures needed to get it on the ballot.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:35 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Wind Power Projects Pick Up In Oklahoma, Despite Continued Tax Credit Uncertainty

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A federal production tax credit on renewable energy production keeps expiring and getting renewed by Congress, creating a lot of uncertainty in the wind energy industry. Still, by the end of 2013, there were two new wind projects under construction in Oklahoma, and the national trend was toward wind.

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Environment
5:34 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Quapaw Tribe Leads Cleanup Of Federal Hazmat Site

A sinkhole near the Tar Creek/Picher Superfund site in Northeast Oklahoma.
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A Native American tribe in Oklahoma is poised to become the first tribe in the country to lead and manage the cleanup of a federal hazardous waste site.

The Quapaw Tribe is cleaning up a site where a Catholic church and boarding school that tribal members attended once stood. The land was later leased to various companies and mined for lead and zinc. When mining stopped, large piles of leftover mining waste were left behind. This caused health problems for residents.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
5:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Norman Mayor And Residents Question Use Of City Drinking Water For Fracking

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Many residents — and some members of the city council — didn’t know Norman’s drinking water is being used for hydraulic fracturing until The Journal Record broke the story in March about Texas-based driller Finley Resources tapping a fire hydrant near Franklin Road.

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It's All Politics
4:09 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

5 Things To Know About Obama's Nominee For Health Secretary

President Obama, flanked by outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (left) and his nominee to be her replacement, Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House Friday.
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Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:28 pm

On the same day the White House formally announced the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of health and human services, President Obama also nominated her successor: Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Here are five things to know about Burwell, who will have the task of overseeing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act during a midterm election year:

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Severe Storms
3:46 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Large Hail, Damaging Winds Possible This Weekend In Western, Central Oklahoma

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Western and Central Oklahoma could see a round of severe weather over the weekend. There's a threat of showers and thunderstorms Saturday west of a line extending from Altus to Alva.

But National Weather Service senior forecaster Michael Scotten says there's a higher chance for that weather to move southeast through Central Oklahoma on Sunday.

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World Views
1:53 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Why The 20th Anniversary Of Rwanda's Genocide Has Rekindled Tensions With France

Rwandan President Paul Kagame
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Earlier this week Rwandan President Paul Kagame told a Paris newsmagazine France bore some responsibility for the 1994 genocide of more than one million Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma, says the two countries have disputed France’s role for years. A French commission during the 1990s found no wrongdoing regarding the country’s role in the genocide, but a separate Rwandan commission argued France not only allowed the genocide to happen, but French soldiers actually participated.

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World Views
1:12 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Landis: Kerry’s ‘Poof Speech’ Reveals Lack Of Clear Israel-Palestine Strategy

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman before their bilateral meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 9, 2014.
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Secretary of State John Kerry says talks in the Mideast peace process faltered after Israel last month refused to release prisoners as Palestinian leaders demanded, and then moved forward with new construction in a settlement.

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Indian Times
11:44 am
Fri April 11, 2014

“Our People, Our Land, Our Images” Features The Perspectives Of Indigenous Photographers

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A new photography exhibition opens April 11 at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art. Heather Ahtone, the James T. Bialic Assistant Curator for Native American and Non-western Arts, says the exhibition has a global feel.

“'Our People, Our Land, Our Images' is an exhibition of indigenous photography from across the world,” said Ahtone. “It includes Native American photographers as well as Maori from New Zealand, Iranian and Palestinian photographers. It's their visual take on what it is to be indigenous and from a particular place."

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The Two-Way
10:17 am
Fri April 11, 2014

'I Knew It Wouldn't Be Easy,' Outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius Says

Vice President Biden (from left), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell at the White House Friday. Sebelius is stepping down. Burwell is being nominated to replace her.
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Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 12:53 pm

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has borne the brunt of criticism for the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website, said Friday that as she prepares to leave that agency she is thankful to have had the chance to work on "the cause of my life."

Her agency, Sebelius said, has been "in the front lines of a long overdue national change — fixing a broken health system."

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